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“One Good Schoolmaster?” What U.S. Teachers Think about Restrictions on their Religious Expression in the Classroom

novitàdigital “One Good Schoolmaster?” What U.S. Teachers
Think about Restrictions on their Religious Expression in the Classroom
Articolo
rivista STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA
fascicolo STUDI DI SOCIOLOGIA - 2020 - 4. Special issue: Religious Freedom. Social-Scientific Approaches
titolo “One Good Schoolmaster?” What U.S. Teachers Think about Restrictions on their Religious Expression in the Classroom
autore
editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 01-2021
doi 10.26350/000309_000105
issn 0039291X (stampa) | 18277896 (digitale)
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To what extent might U.S. public schoolteachers be inclined to reject legal limitations placed on their personal religious expression at work? During school hours, they are required to present themselves as religiously neutral, as they are acting as agents of the state. Using data from an original survey of more than 5,000 public schoolteachers across the U.S., I analyze support for laws prohibiting three specific forms of religious expression in the classroom: leading group prayer, displaying religious material on classroom walls, and making assertions of religious “truth”. Findings indicate that religious affiliation and religiosity outperform ideology as predictors of teachers’ acceptance of limitations on their religious expression in the classroom. Thus, both “politics” and “religion” shape U.S. teachers’ orientations toward personal religious freedom in the classroom – but “religion” matters slightly more.

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Religious freedom, religious expression, public schools, teachers, United States.

Biografia dell'autore

Department of Political Science, Clemson University. Email: laurao@clemson.edu.